Hello Detectives! I’m thinking of you all this week. I was so impressed and proud to see the response to my first writing prompt. Your stories and ideas were brilliant and varied, and your talent is incredible – but I also love seeing how supportive you’re being of each other. You are true Detective Society members! I really enjoyed reading everything you posted, including Sofia’s brilliant Amelia Earhart story and Stella’s extremely creepy Jack the Ripper-inspired story!
This week’s prompt is a little bit different from the last. I’d like you to write a story featuring a supernatural creature. This could be a vampire, a werewolf, a fairy, an angel or demon, a chimera or basilisk … it’s up to you! Here’s a list of some creatures, but you can find more by searching books or websites!
- It can be as long or as short as you like, and take you as much or as little time as you want.
- It can be any genre (type) of story you want.
- You are not allowed to worry about grammar or spelling.
- You are not allowed to worry if it isn’t perfect, or criticise yourself as you’re writing.
- You are encouraged to make a plan before you begin, to make it easier for you to get to the end of the story. This can be two words or a whole page! But if you don’t want to do this, you don’t have to.
- Get to the end of the story without stopping to go back and fix bits you don’t like. Once you’ve finished, read it through again. If you still don’t like those bits, you can edit them now!
- If you want (and only if you want!) you’re allowed to post the first 500 words of your story in the comments below. I have to moderate the comments so it may take a while for them to show up – please be patient. I don’t want to see you apologising for your story or minimising what you’ve done when you post – writing a story is a triumph and you should be proud!
- If you like someone else’s story, you are allowed to comment to say so! If you’d like to give them ideas that might make their story even stronger, that’s OK, but please be kind and remember how deeply we all care about our writing. A good format for feedback might be something like: ‘I loved ****! Have you thought of ****? I think it might make your story even better!’ I will delete any comment if I feel it’s critical without being constructive.
- I can’t promise to give feedback on any individual stories – I’m not marking them!
- This isn’t a competition, and there will be no winners and no prizes, though I may choose a story or two to highlight in future posts.
Good luck detectives – remember to follow the Doctor’s advice this week and stay safe, be sensible, be kind and be brave. You’ve got this!